Latest poll: Nathan Deal widens lead over Roy Barnes

The latest InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll is out and GOP gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal has widened his lead over Democrat Roy Barnes once again:

An InsiderAdvantage/WSB-TV poll conducted in the race to be Georgia’s next governor showed Republican Nathan Deal has regained a substantial lead over Democrat Roy Barnes.

The poll shows Deal leading by eight points just ten days after a poll showed Deal and Barnes deadlocked. Voters were asked if the election to determine the governor of Georgia were held today, which candidate would they vote for?

The results showed former former Rep. Deal with 45 percent and former Governor Barnes with 37 percent. Libertarian candidate John Monds remained at 5 percent.

Thirteen percent are still undecided, a number that grew slightly from the last survey. The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.

The general election will take place Nov. 2.

A second poll by InsiderAdvantage found Johnny Isakson growing his lead in the United States Senate race over Michael Thurmond.

Isakson, a first-term senator, polled at 61 percent while Thurmond, who is Georgia’s labor commissioner, dropped to 29 percent.

Chuck Donovan, the Libertarian candidate, received 3 percent with 7 percent of voters undecided. The margin of error in the poll was also plus or minus 5 percent.

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GA VOTER

September 28th, 2010
12:36 pm

Let the AJC & Atlanta leftist media continue to bash Nathan Deal. No matter how much Roy Barnes spends, Deal’s pulling away in the polls.

Roy, Georgia sent you a message in 2002. Don’t you remember?

td

September 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

37% is about the total of Democratic voters in the state. No matter how high Barnes trys to elevate Deal’s negatives the independents are not really moving to him in the polls. What I have said all along this is a national election and Barnes is going to be the victim from the anger of the GA electorate at the national Democratic party and the Obama administration.

anthony

September 28th, 2010
12:45 pm

Nathan Deal is in financial trouble because he tried to help his daughter and son-in law. I think that is an honorable thing to do. He could file bankruptcy and take the easy way out but he’s not. That shows me what kind of character he has.

Roy Barnes, on the other hand, didn’t care what the people of Ga thought. He tried to ram things down our throats whether we wanted it or not. For instance, i don’t know of anyone that was in favor of the outer perimeter besides “King Roy”. If we hadn’t voted him out, it would have come thru when most people didn’t want it.

GA being fooled again

September 28th, 2010
12:46 pm

GA was fooled by Perdue over his we’ll vote on the flag. Didn’t happen and he was going give raises to the teachers. The teachers are still waiting. Now we’re put crooked politician who resigned before he faced ethics and can’t run his family businesses well. The only message sent in 2002 is GA is easily duped. It looks GA is about to be duped again.

The Truth

September 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

anthony you must be kidding….look, truly at Deal’s background. He has been caught up with many shady deals that go back to him and several partners that have direct links to his business in Washington. Now, I have no love for Roy either but I am still astounded that the Republicans could make this weasel the candidate over many other qualified ones.

ONe thing you have totally wrong was the “Northern Arc”. Since that situation has died, traffic around Atlanta, especially the north end has been terrible. Atlanta continously gets bad grades for its traffic problems and the short sidedness of Sonny and his Capitol cronies has done nothing to help the situation whatsoever. The few vocals did not want the road but the majority knew that we needed to do something and now the chickens have come home to roost.

Andy

September 28th, 2010
12:56 pm

Nathan Deal as Governor of Georgia will send Georgia back 20 years. But I guess that’s what Georgia wants…..

greg best

September 28th, 2010
12:57 pm

If Deal wins, Georgia will dragging behind Alabama and Mississippi and South Carolina in education and economic development for the next decade. And Nathan Deal and Chris Wiley will be stealing what’s left of the State treasury

No Longer Republican

September 28th, 2010
1:00 pm

Just goes to show Georgians don’t give a rip about truth and reality. Just put an (R) by their name and Georgians will put the X there. Nothing else matters. Love my home state, but damn people are stupid here. If only people would read and listen….

lovetravel

September 28th, 2010
1:04 pm

Roy or Nathan!! We can not judge anyone. First of all I am not fan of big “R” so I am not sure Nathan can do something good for GA. Ga was Big “D” now we are a big “R” state. If Deal win he going to have lots of money retired than anything anyone think, Barnes on the other hand he need to respect GA and not to be too greedy over $$. Both of them only want $$. I wish everyone has gave a black person to do it for the first time or a woman. I am not against anything. Neither Deal nor Barnes can solve the problem until later. It not going to happen over night so stop with all this non sense and judge. If you want the Big “R” then go for it but if you want the Big “D” then go for it. The big “D” supposed to help poor people but The big “R” doesn’t care about poor people so all they care is help people become RICH. Don’t get upset just get out of the house and find a way how to deal your own problem and let them have lots of stress and worry themselves. I love Barnes but I am not sure what kind of person Deal is so I dont wna to judge him. One big thing I hope they can try to think of the Disability person in the state of GA.

Aquagirl

September 28th, 2010
1:10 pm

That’s right Georgia…..get ready to squeeeeeal like a pig!

Henery

September 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

@No Lononger Republican
People and voters of Georgia is not stupid.They like I do remenber King Roy. Besides if the people Georgia is that stupid there I85 heading North.

PLATO

September 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

Was education in Georgia any better when Barnes was governor? Lets be honest here.

Pouring more money into public education will not improve your child’s education one iota. It all starts at home. If the parents (assuming there are two) don’t set the initiative, do you expect government to?

Considering our state budget, where will Barnes locate the funds to give teachers a raise?

Brian

September 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

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Sick&Tired

September 28th, 2010
1:18 pm

I’m not suprised that Nathan Deal has edged further in the polls; his supporters are just like those at New Birth. They all have their heads in the sand.

Brian

September 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

If you look at the margins of error from the first Insider Advantage poll and this new poll, you would see that the more accurate headline would be “New Poll Shows No Change.” Any change within the margin of error is meaningless. A simple understanding of statistics and ramdomness would give one and understanding of this fact. It is irresponsible journalism to report this poll the way the AJC is doing.

to hell with king rat roy

September 28th, 2010
1:19 pm

NO ROY BARNES!!!! I WOULD RATHER HAVE A BANKRUPT NATHAN DEAL THAN A SLIMEBALL BACKDOOR CIGAR FILLED ROOM MORAL CORRUPT BARNES! ASK YOURSELF THIS QUESTION GEORGIA, “WHO DO I WANT WRITING CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS” A ROYBAMA OR CONSERVATIVE DEAL!

Clive

September 28th, 2010
1:23 pm

What a mess our state is and how ignorant and gullable most of the people.

Deal a flip flop career politican, religious nut and crook only out for himself and his friends, will say and do anything to keep himself and his friends living high on the hog

Barnes a washed up old man with no new ideas, who cannot explain what he stands for or will do

Is it any wonder the state of GA his heading downhill much quicker than the rest of the country. We are going from being the jewel of the south to becoming beneath Charlotte in a decade and our incomes as well.

Nathan Deal is the best!

September 28th, 2010
1:25 pm

I was amazed by people on the right that wished Obama would fail. I get it now though because I really hope that when Deal is elected he goes down in flames taking this state with him.

Marlboro Man

September 28th, 2010
1:27 pm

What a bunch of Georgians.

poof!!!

September 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Tell Nathan since he helped his daughter we don’t mind if he goes ahead and file bankrupt. We know he is not doing it because he is so honorable. Go ahead and file Nate we got your back. You know you would do it if you wasn’t running for Governor.

retireds

September 28th, 2010
1:30 pm

Anthony, I agree with you that it is a good thing when mom and dad can help the kids. But I have two questions regarding Nathan Deal:

1. How many ordinary citizens, in this economy, can get loans $2 + million? Do you think his (political) connections had anything to do with it?
2. I am still curious why he QUIT the Congress two days before he was to be investigated on ethics charges. His timing is suspect to say the least.
3. Why did he not come clean with his supporters BEFORE the primary? My guess is, he couldn’t trust them.
4. For someone who is may be in charge of the state of GA finances it seems odd that he claims ignorance on the GA laws that required his being more forthcoming with the people of GA than he did. Tells me he doesn’t do his homework very well and we, even those who don’t vote for him, will be saddled with his incompetency.

And, if he is elected, he can’t do much more harm that has already been done by the Republicans who PROMISED a new day in GA when they got elected (or switched parties … for their own personal benefit and not that of the people they represented). It will be interesting to see, if Deal is elected, if he can be straight with the people of GA or just another political hack. I’m betting on the latter.

TCB

September 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

If Deal wins just shows GA is red(neck)state. This guys claims he forgot he owed $2.8 million what a joke. And by the way people seem to foget that G.Bush created this mess with 2 wars cutting taxes and borrowing from China to fight a war in Iraq that was by choice. GA is this still a backwards state did not want a woman & I know not ready for a person of color! & who died and made conservatives the voice for morals & patriotism? I voted republican in the past I was brain washed not again..

Clive

September 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

We all know Nathan Deal is a crook, its just that a significant proportion of the states voters don’t care.

Is it any wonder our state is a laughing stock?

Billy in Savannah

September 28th, 2010
1:41 pm

It is not too late. Georgians wake up! Do not send Deal to the Governor’s mansion. Vote Barnes! Atlanta turn out!

FMX

September 28th, 2010
1:42 pm

What is really bothering me is the fact that other state employees are getting overlooked. Its like we don’t exist or something. Teachers aren’t the only ones that work hard. I have nothing but the upmost respect for teachers but we have been in the bottom or near the bottom in terms of education since I can remember. Like a previous poster stated education starts at home. How can making more money help a teacher be more effective? If we all don’t get raises then no one should. I don’t think that a child will die if they missed a day of school. The rest of us don’t get summers and holidays.

GA VOTER

September 28th, 2010
1:43 pm

I’ll take the crook over the snake oil-selling trial lawyer that has made tens of millions suing Georgians and Georgia employers.

All a governor does is sign into law legislation that the legislature crafts. In a Republican legislature Barnes’ impact would be non-existant.

clem

September 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

Yes, Henery, if we vote Deal in, we will prove we are a stupid, redneck state. I can’t think of any other state that would vote a crook into office.

Dave the Man

September 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

TCB

September 28th, 2010
1:36 pm

Delta is ready.

red hill

September 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

A vote for Barnes is a vote for Obama, Pelosi, Harry Reid and those of that ilk. If you are a socialist vote for Barnes. If not, there is only one choice. I’m sure Barnes will carry Atlanta in a big way. Hopefully the rest of the state will have enough sense to overcome that and vote for Deal. Atlanta is not Georgia.

Gm

September 28th, 2010
1:45 pm

Deal leading in polls no one called me.
Congrats Georgia, you have offically pass Ala, Miss with the dumbist conservatives in the south”"”"”

Cynthia Mutha Tucker

September 28th, 2010
1:47 pm

Atlanta, RISE UP against the Republican hordes !

Sistuhs ! Bruthas ! Homosexuals ! Union members !

Take back our state from the Republican, Tea Partying, Confederate flag waving rednecks !

Gm

September 28th, 2010
1:50 pm

Red Hill: you said a mouth full, Atlanta is living in the future and Georgia is still living in 1959, with your bigots and hicks.
Atlanta is living in the present, Georgia is till living under Ronald Reagan, 1980 UGA championships, people around the world still think we marry our cousins because of Geogia not Atlanta.

Dave the Man

September 28th, 2010
1:54 pm

Gm

“bigots, hicks,…dumbist…marry our cousins…” You haven’t used “poo-poo head”. How old are you? 12?

David S

September 28th, 2010
1:55 pm

John Monds is still the best candidate for the job.

It is shocking that the first black candidate for GA governor in the state’s history can’t even get a fair shake from anyone.

The real positive message that GA could send to the nation would be to elect a black man that supports personal responsibility, individual liberty, small government, the free market, and who is a stay at home father that homeschools his children. If that wouldn’t be a slap in the face to the liberal establishment and a giant positive for this state than nothing would be.

Go John Monds.

3 Arrows

September 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

Cut & Paste from Augusta Chronical

ATLANTA – When Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal amended his campaign disclosure form last week, he added some business properties to his asset column and increased the value of another property – boosting his net worth.

Now, questions are being raised about whether the correct property values were used.

The head of the state Ethics Commission, Stacey Kalberman, said Monday that candidates are required to use the assessed value set by county tax officials. Deal’s camp used a higher appraised value.

Last week, Deal listed his half ownership in a Metter, Ga.-based property owned by his Gainesville auto salvage business at $300,000, saying the entire 37.7-acre property in Candler County was worth $600,000. But local tax records show the overall property was valued by county officials as about $304,000.

Deal also listed his half ownership on business property in Gainesville as worth about $2.5 million, with the entire property worth just over $5 million. Again, local tax records value it as almost half. They show the total value for the three parcels of property which make up the salvage site is $1.2 million.

On Monday, Deal’s campaign referred questions to Tifton, Ga.-based accountant, Jimmy Allen, who said he believes the higher values are correct.

“I’m going to stand by the way I filed the form at this point,” Allen said.

Emil Runge, a spokesman for Deal’s Democratic opponent Roy Barnes, said his candidate used the most recent local tax assessment to value his property on his disclosure.

The higher values have helped boost Deal’s net worth, which is listed in the latest form at $2.8 million despite facing questions about his financial solvency.

Deal’s campaign filed a revised form with state ethics officials on Thursday, the second time in a week they had changed the document which provides the public with a look at candidates’ liabilities and assets. The Deal campaign acknowledged mistakes in the earlier versions and suggested that after 18 years of filing federal disclosures when Deal was a congressman they were not used to the state requirements.

Deal’s finances have been under scrutiny for several weeks after word that he is facing a Feb. 1 deadline to repay a $2.3 million loan for a failed sporting goods venture launched by his daughter and son-in-law. He also failed to disclose $2.85 million in business loans on the initial form.

Allen has maintained Deal is solvent and is liquidating an IRA to help pay the debt.

Barack Hussein Obama

September 28th, 2010
1:57 pm

Roy,

I see you are behind in the latest polls. I would love to join you on the campaign trail in Georgia. I’ve left several messages with your staff, but no one returns my calls.

Now that my policies have ended the long Bush recession and prosperity is once again blossoming across our great nation, I’m sure my presence in Georgia would stimulate much enthusiasm for your campaign.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours in bigger government and higher taxes,

Barry Obama

Flag Man

September 28th, 2010
1:59 pm

Maybe roy should go back and suckup to the teachers and promise to bring back the old Ga flag!!!! He needs to pull out all the stops, use all his tricks and promise anything! Remember—he’s a savvy trial lawyer and knows how to manipulate the masses!

Not an honest Deal

September 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

Georgia the RED STATE, even if it’s bad for us.

Not an honest Deal

September 27th, 2010
9:20 am
Voters, be careful as you make decisions on politicians representing the state of Georgia. Once you put someone in, don’t let 20/20 kick in and find yourself disillusioned because you weren’t careful in the first place.

Google Nathan Deal and make a wise decision. This is just one, but there are many. You like to talk about your children and grandchildren, but it’s up to you to look out for them on the front end.

http://www.peachpundit.com/2010/02/28/deal-resigning-congress-tomorrow/

Linda Schrenko

September 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

I don’t get it. I get caught doing crooked stuff and now I’m in prison. Big Nathan does basically the same thing and now he’s favored to go to the governor’s mansion just before the bankers take all his property away. What am I not getting here? Is mine worse because I stole money from deaf kids?

LL

September 28th, 2010
2:00 pm

If he loses the election, he will declare bankruptcy. If he wins the election, lobbyists will bail him out. It’s a pretty good strategy, if you ask me.

isitme

September 28th, 2010
2:05 pm

I always heard that Mississippians and Alabamians where intellectually challenged. I guess we will need to add Georgia to that list. (Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest!)

david

September 28th, 2010
2:10 pm

Vote Monds! He is the man!

Heterosexual Georgia Male

September 28th, 2010
2:12 pm

I work, pay income taxes, hunt, fish, attend Church, drive a truck, have a wife & kids, own my home (not on wheels) and I VOTE !

I’m obviously a threat to all the big government leeches and tapeworms that want to bleed our state and country dry with more socialist nonsense.

Stay inside the perimeter of Atlanta, smoke your marijuana, marry your same-sex partner, and keep the ghetto and its crime to yourself.

The rest of Georgia doesn’t want Atlanta and its San Francisco values!

Dave the Man

September 28th, 2010
2:14 pm

isitme

September 28th, 2010
2:05 pm

I’m sure if you left GA for another state, it would raise the average IQ of both.

Billy in Savannah

September 28th, 2010
2:14 pm

If you talk to people in south GA, Barnes seems to be doing quite well. I think maybe this poll is not correct. It may be like 1998 when Millner lead Barnes in all the polls, but Barnes held it off. Barnes has been on both sides of the polls as he was predicted to win in 2002 and wasd defeated (sadly) by Perdue. It could be the return on the “devil’s coalition” as the GOP used to call the alignment of Atlanta democrats and rural south Georgia.

TCB

September 28th, 2010
2:14 pm

To Dave the Man I was born here in GA, why don’t you leave! see that’s attitude we need to change. Im not going anywhere I am just as southern as you but we live in a diverse society…why don’t you pack up your Camero and leave but I will stay here with my BMW…

Dave the Man

September 28th, 2010
2:17 pm

isitme

September 28th, 2010
2:05 pm
“why don’t you pack up your Camero and leave but I will stay here with my BMW…”

HAHAHAHA! Should I be impressed? LOL!

Conservative voice

September 28th, 2010
2:18 pm

Georgia loves Nathan Deal. He is a great Georgian that we can relate to.

Dave the Man

September 28th, 2010
2:19 pm

Sorry, isitme, that was for TCB.

BTW, Camaro, C-A-M-A-R-O, Camaro. lol

Mike

September 28th, 2010
2:19 pm

Here is our chance to actually put somebody NEW into office. Vote for John Monds. If we elect either Deal or Barnes then we will get the government we deserve (and asked for). If you’re not happy with either the Democrats or Republicans then here is your chance. I think most people are dissatisfied with both. So why vote for either? Make a statement with Monds.